Edward Lear, Falla near Strongoli, Corfu (1862)

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Edward Lear, Falla near Strongoli, Corfu.
Pen and brown ink over pencil on blue paper; inscribed lower left with the title in Greek and dated: 4 May. 1862, numbered lower right: 49 + 2, and further inscribed with artist’s notes. 215 by 445 mm.

In December 1855, after his friend Franklin Lushington was appointed Judge to the Supreme Court of Justice in the Ionian Islands, Lear decided to settle in Corfu.  He made the island his home until 1863 when Prince William of Denmark accepted the throne and the majority of British residents left the island.

Sotheby’s.

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